Venice Beach - Los Angleles

Last Updated: 8th Feb 2014

<p>Just south of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/santa-monica-los-angeles">Santa Monica</a> in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/los-angeles">Los Angeles</a> is the colorful and eclectic Venice Beach.</p> <p>Named after the canals that originally made the city look like <a href="/contikipedia/articles/venice">Venice</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a>, the beach front promenade is now filled with markets, stalls while the parks along the beach are popular with roller bladders, skaters and musicians.</p> <p>Almost anything goes in Venice and the people wear colorful and crazy clothes but the atmosphere is of liberal freedom. Venice&#8217;s most famous recreation areas are Muscle Beach and basketball courts while Venice Beach is a constant in American movies, television shows and computer games (American History X, Romy and Michelle&#8217;s High School Reunion, Baywatch, Million Dollar Baby and Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 to name but a few).</p> <p>Although you don&#8217;t have the opportunity to visit Venice Beach on tour, it&#8217;s a great place to check out if you&#8217;re travelling to LA or have some time to spare before or after your tour.</p>